THREE regions of France have seen the R rate rise above 1.5 as new Covid-19 infections increase every day.
France, which was placed on the UK’s quarantine list on August 15, faces a potential second wave as new daily cases reach similar levels last seen in May.
Cases in France, including 244,854 in total, confirmed 4,897 new infections on August 23 – the highest since April 14.
Using data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), all countries that have recorded more than 20 new cases per 100,000 population during a seven-day period risk being removed from the list of corridors of disease. trip.
France currently has 36.4.
Three regions of France were particularly affected, many of which include popular holiday destinations.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine, home to Bordeaux and La Rochelle, has an R index of 1.78, higher than the French average of 1.34.
Occitanie, where Toulouse is located, is 1.6 while Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, with coastal regions like Nice and St Tropez, is 1.52.
According to local media, millions of people flock to coastal areas in August for last-minute vacations, which is likely attributable to the surge in cases.
A vacationer told Euronews: “I have never gone on vacation with a mask. It really is contrary to what holidays are. I don’t wear it all the time, although it is mandatory. ”
The R number determines how many people an infected person transmits the virus to – anything less than 1 means cases are starting to decline.
Anything above 1 and cases are at risk of spreading.
The French ministry is currently discussing the need to apply local lockdowns, with face masks already mandatory in public on the busy streets of Paris and Toulouse.
They said in a statement: “The circulation of the virus is progressing markedly and is at its most intense in young adults. ”
France may reciprocate the UK’s quarantine rules, which means Britons would have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival.
Anyone who chooses to ignore the travel advisory and travel to France then risks being forced into quarantine for two weeks in France and then two weeks in the UK.
France is unlikely to be taken off the UK quarantine list anytime soon, and will only do so when cases come down.
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